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The 7 Most Fabulous Fashion Designer and Car Collaborations

Fancy an insanely fast Bugatti fitted with luxurious Hermès leather?
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From art and furniture to home appliances, it’s clear there’s an abundance of collaborations in the world of fashion. Once in a while, these can even involve carmakers. Here, we’ve compiled the best fashion and car collaborations to date.

1998 Rover Mini Paul Smith

Paul Smith’s collaboration with Mini Cooper was limited to 1,800 units worldwide, with 300 for the U.K. market. The car, made in blue as well as black and white for the Japanese market, features a black leather trim, Paul Smith-scripted instrument graphics, and citrus green glovebox interior, petrol tank, and solid boot liner. In addition to this model, the British fashion designer also designed a one-off Mini with his brand’s signature stripes.

2007 Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 Versace

Italian house Versace’s take on the Murciélago was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. The car’s interior was done in two-toned Versace nappa leather, and came with matching Versace luggage, shoes, and gloves. The fret motif, Versace’s distinct emblem, decorated the instrument panel, doors, roof panel, center console, and seats. Made in white and black, a limited 20 units were produced with only eight available to the public.

2008 Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès

In 2008, the Bugatti Veyron, then the world's fastest production car, was given the Hermès treatment. The whole interior was done in the maison’s luxurious leather while the exterior was given a two-toned finish that fused both of the brand’s aesthetics. The special edition Veyron 16.4 was limited to four units. A Grand Sport trim with the same configuration was later made.

2011 Fiat 500 Gucci

To celebrate simultaneous momentous anniversaries, Fiat and Gucci collaborated to make a special edition hatchback in 2011. Gucci’s Fiat 500 came in black with chrome details, and white with satin chrome details. Gucci’s logo adorned the hubcaps, rear hatch, and B-column while the fashion house’s green and red web stripe ran around the whole car. Only 500 models of the car were made with prices starting at €17,000.

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2011 Maserati GranCabrio Fendi

Unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Maserati GranCabrio was a collaboration with Fendi’s creative director of accessories and menswear Silvia Venturini Fendi. The car, described as “a masterpiece of technology and craftsmanship,” featured a dark gray finish with an eye-catching iridescent gold finish and came with matching luggage pieces and accessories. The interiors were accented with wood trimming, and replete with Fendi’s logo and special leather.

2014 Infiniti Q50 Thom Browne

Back in 2013, Infiniti with online retailer Gilt worked with Thom Browne to makeover the 2014 Q50. Thom Browne’s vision of the luxury sedan was done in a striking chrome finish while the interior featured his brand’s signature red, white, and blue stripe on the seats. The car came complete with a special luggage set. The custom one-off car was then sold on Gilt for $75,000, with a portion of the profits benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

2015 Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna

After the success of its Fendi collaboration, Maserati collaborated with another Italian fashion house—this time, Ermenegildo Zegna—to present a limited edition version of the Quattroporte. Made in a “Platinum Silk” finish, the luxury sedan’s interior was fitted with Zegna’s exclusive silk fibers. Only 100 units were made, with each priced at $185,000.

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